**********Warning: the following article may contain spoilers. You have been Warned!*******************
An ancient enemy believed to no longer be in existence resurfaces when an ancient artifact of power is rediscovered. This will bring Thor back to Earth, reuniting him with the love of his life, Jane Foster, and together, they will journey through Earth, Asgard, and other realms to defeat the Dark Elves and contain the ancient artifact.
Okay, where should I begin with this review? First, let me state that I do not have extensive knowledge of Thor. I have read comics all my life, but my interests lay in other directions, so if I say something wrong, I am sure you guys will let me know.
With that said, what did I think of Thor: The Dark World? I really enjoyed it. One thing I have been telling all my friends who I talk to about movies is that Thor is one of those movies that I was looking forward to but wasn’t overly excited for. The original Thor was a good movie when it came out, but it wasn’t as good as the other Marvel movies. It had big shoes to fill due to Iron Man 1 and 2 already out and the anticipation of Captain America being released. Further, this was a movie dealing with a god, and Marvel had to figure out how to bring that kind of storyline into Marvel Films and still make him relatable to the masses. I think they have succeeded nicely.
What do we get with the new movie? Well, it starts out a few years after The Avengers movie; the rainbow bridge has been rebuilt, but Thor can’t go back to Earth because other realms are in a state of lawless, turbulent upheaval. So, Thor and his band of warriors have been tasked by Odin to restore order to the 9 realms, and Odin doesn’t want Thor to have anything to do with Jane or Earth. Thor now goes out and does the job that was given to him, but he no longer celebrates with his warriors after a great victory. Instead, Thor goes to visit Heimdall, the all-seeing Guardian in Asgard, to ask him what is happening on Earth and, of course, to Jane.
Jane has been continuing her astrophysics work but now is situated in London, England where it seems that strange energy fluctuations are happening. What we learn is that every 5000, years the 9 realms align perfectly which wreaks havoc on the worlds by opening portals between them. But that is not all. With the alignment of the worlds, the Dark Elves can take that ancient artifact, the Aether, and use its power to bring the realms back to the dark ages where they ruled and extinguish all light. That plan goes awry when Jane stumbles upon the Aether in its holding place and gets infected by it, making her a target of the Dark Elves.
One thing I have trouble with in Phase Two of the Marvel movies is the simple fact that everyone knows each other after The Avengers but no one contacts anyone for help—they all have to tackle their individual problems on their own. I get that stand-alone movies focus on each individual hero, but this is a combined universe… Don’t bring in a big named hero, but at least bring in S.H.I.E.L.D and have them help out like we are seeing in the Capt. America trailer. It was really bad in Iron Man 3 when he was making decisions that could have been fixed with a simple call to one of his new friends. All we get in these Phase II standalones is “oh yeah, New York happened” or “remember New York.” This brings me to one of the peeves I had with something in Thor 2. The cops are called because something happens to Jane, Thor shows up, and the cops don’t even seem to recognize this man. With the media these days, Thor would have been shown all over the world due to, again, the New York City incident that happened a couple of years ago. Marvel is also failing in the department of tying the Phase II movies back to the Phase I movies.
Okay, and my last segment which I shouldn’t have to really tell anyone that has seen any of the Marvel movies: there are Easter eggs in the credits of Thor 2. There are 2 just like there were in The Avengers. There is the mid credit Easter egg which connects Thor 2 to Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 3, and then there is an Easter egg at the very end of the credits which is kind of humorous and sappy—once you see it, you will know what I mean.
And, I lied. The last thing I have to say is they set up for a great sequel at the end of this movie, and I can’t wait.
I had very little bad thoughts about this movie. Pretty much my stand on how the whole Phase II is falling flat for me isn’t really a knock against this movie. The movie was good. Like I stated, I believe this one was definitely better than the first Thor and I will even say that I think it was better than Iron Man 3. So if you value my opinion at all when it comes to movies, see this one. Oh, and I saw it in 3D; I didn’t think it added any value to it, so skip out on the 3D and just pay the regular price.
Release Date: November 8, 2013
Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Don Payne and Robert Rodat (story), Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby (comic book)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgård